GovLoop Challenge! Can We Name 1,000 Awesome Things About Gov’t?

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  • #104864

    I’m listening to Neil Pasricha, author of “The Book of Awesome,” at the Next Generation of Government Summit.

    And I feel inspired to see if we as a GovLoop community can come up with 1,000 awesome things about government – could be reasons why we work in government, awesome things happening at your agency, good things that government has accomplished over time (not just in US but anywhere, anytime), cheers for our colleagues and co-workers who are doing awesome things, whatever’s awesome – big and small…
    Sky’s the limit!
    Are you up to the challenge?
    Let’s do it!
  • #105000

    The Internet

  • #104998

    Going to the moon

  • #104996

    Interstate highway system

  • #104994

    Ellen McCarthy

    The Military – for all of the services they provide and give to our country

  • #104992

    Ellen McCarthy

    Nuclear Power

  • #104990

    Scott Burns

    Public Education

    Technology standards that make so many of our products possible from NIST

    International Trade Administrations successful effort to create a Safe Harbour agreement with the EU regarding data laws, so small companies can do business internationally at a lower cost.

    Popular Baby Names on

  • #104988

    Sid Burgess

    Protection of the rights of millions of people.

  • #104986

    Sid Burgess

    A platform for unity

  • #104984

    Terrence Hill

    Free Smithsonian Museums

    Dedicated NIH Doctors Conducting Research in Exotic, Deadly Diseases

    Federal Buildings LIke the US Capitol and Monuments

    Embassies as Safe Havens for Americans in Need

    Americorps Volunteers Serving Those in Need

    FDIC Insurance for Bank Accounts

    Flood Insurance

    Tax Refunds

    Social Security Benefits

    Coast Guard Rescues

    FEMA Assistance

    Secret Service Protection for the President

    President Obama

    First Lady Michelle Obama

    National Parks and Forests

    Protection of Endangered Species

    I could go on, but I’ll let others add to the list

  • #104982

    Michael Rupert

    28. Police

    29. Public Defenders

    30. Homeless Shelters

    31. City, County, Regional Parks

    32. Aircraft Carriers are awesome

  • #104980

    Nichole Henley

    33. Despite the amount of interns (including myself) entering the government who are unclear about their role or how to manage their career, we persist. We endure. We succeed.

    34. Our ability to unite to a larger mission across agencies, aside from our differences, despite the negative public opinions, in an effort to make our country better for us all.

  • #104978

    Candace Riddle

    35. The clandestine service – thats stuff is pretty AWESOME
    36. Awesome mentors/ managers who are willing to bridge the generational divide to get things done in government!

  • #104976

    Gary Berg-Cross

    37. National Institute of Standards and Technology

    38. NIH and government health research

    39 The CDC – helping to keep us safe and healthy

  • #104974

    Sara Cope

    37. Education grants, loans, and subsidies

  • #104972

    Lisa Jahn

    40. National Wild & Scenic Rivers to play on!

  • #104970

    Henry Brown

    41. Civil Service Employment system

    42. Research and Development

    43 Disaster support

  • #104968

    Rachel Lunsford

    44. Paved roads
    45. Bridges
    46. Dams
    47. Clean water supply
    48. 50 united states (thanks Abe, we were worried about the South for a while)
    49. GPS

  • #104966

    Peter Sperry

    50 –First Amendment – Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause; freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly; right to petition
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    51 — Second Amendment – Militia (United States), Sovereign state, Right to keep and bear arms.
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    52 — Third Amendment – Protection from quartering of troops.
    No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

    53 — Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    54 — Fifth Amendment – due process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, eminent domain.
    No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

    55 — Sixth Amendment – Trial by jury and rights of the accused; Confrontation Clause, speedy trial, public trial, right to counsel
    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

    56 — Seventh Amendment – Civil trial by jury.
    In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

    57 — Eighth Amendment – Prohibition of excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment.
    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

    58 — Ninth Amendment – Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    59 — Tenth Amendment – Powers of States and people.
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

    60 — Fourteenth Amendment — All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

  • #104964

    Sterling Whitehead

    The American flag

  • #104962

    Kathleen Smith

    All those who see it as their mission to protect our rights and freedoms at all costs including their own lives. This includes many branches, agencies and services throughout. Some we know about and some we don’t especially those who have the mundane jobs that are needed to protect our rights and freedoms rather than those who are consider James Bond-esque.

    How about the Founding Fathers? There were some cool dudes with vision, passion and sacrifice!

  • #104960

    Ramon Caban

    The possibility of Statehood for Puerto Rico

  • #104958

    Brandy Ingargiola

    Developing polices and standards that keep the flying public safe

  • #104956

    Warren Master

    The worldwide community of public servants you get to interact and hang out with!!

  • #104954

    Erin Swain

    67- GSA – The Federal Government’s Business Manager

  • #104952

    Ellen S. Bliss

    The passion of feds for the work they do

  • #104950

    Brad Blake

    safe drinking water

  • #104948


    70 – Bike paths (including the new one down Pennsylvania Avenue- quite an impressive ride!)

    71-Security (including our security badges to get into any building)

    72-The ability, as government workers, to attend a lot of Awesome conferences including the Gov 2.0 and the Next Gen Summit

    73-So much individual freedom that we take it for granted!

  • #104946

    Debra L Fryar

    Interstate Highway system

  • #104944

    Brad Blake

    taking care of pretty much everything you touch from the time you leave a private home or business to the time you re-enter a private home or business (and a lot of the things within, too, like the infrastructure that supports power, water, internet, etc).

  • #104942


    opportunity to be of service to the public

  • #104940

    Rachel Lunsford

    I think we’re duplicating a few at this point. that does mean we’re doubly awesome, right?

    77. Air traffic controllers and planes *not* crashing into each other

  • #104938

    Martha Garvey


    The fact that libraries are so, so, so online.




  • #104936

    Terri Jones

    Making our communities a better place to live every day!

  • #104934

    Brianna E. Azzara

    Freedom to be innovative.

  • #104932

    81 – The second annual Save Award –

  • #104930

    Sterling Whitehead

    Inspiring Team America – World Police

  • #104928

    Dr. John Hudson

    ** For retired service members – the opportunity to continue serving our country

    ** promoting world peace and freedom

    ** connecting w/people like you!

  • #104926

    Lori Hudson

    The freedom to criticize our government without being imprisoned.

    The fantastic way we feel when we hear our national anthem

    Providing care and protection to our most vulnerable

    Not giving up or throwing in the towel when times are tough

  • #104924

    Meagan L. Prior

    Federal Acquision Regulations
    Transparency in procurement
    Small business support
    Business Ethics

  • #104922

    Gary Berg-Cross

    I’ve lost track of the count as have other posters, but I think it safe to say we are around 100. Someone mentiond “libraries” meaning public libraries but I’ll add one of my specific favorites:

    100 The Library of Congress (including its great tour)

    101 The dinning room in the Capital

  • #104920

    Roula Hickman

    State Department for promoting the US policy overseas

  • #104918

    Nicholas Charney

    Dropping an f-bomb in an auditorium full of awesome young government leaders

  • #104916

    …and nary a gasp was heard 🙂

  • #104914
  • #104912

    Gary Berg-Cross

    106 Government architecture

  • #104910

    Tim Bonnemann

    I’ve added the 2010 SAVE Award to our list of participation projects here:

  • #104908

    Steve Ressler

    Protecting national treasures – from national parks to buildings
    Dwight Ike – Look him up (hat tip Bill Eggers)
    Tackling the biggest problems facing our nation
    Rocket scientists
    Turning DC from a swamp into a cool city

  • #104906

    Cynthia Burke

    The National Library of Medicine (, part of the National Institues of Health ( Includes PubMed and MedlinePlus.

  • #104904

    Alvitta Leffall

    Hi. My name is Alvitta Leffall. I am not with a government agency as of yet, but I am still applying. I think that the government is GREAT because of the people. I have several friends that work for USAID and I am amazed with the quality of programs and policies that they develop and implement that address the needs of people around the world. Whether HIV/AIDS, Malaria of even colaborative efforts, the level of professionalism, knowledge and commitment is impressive.

  • #104902

    Angela Holden

    Daylight Savings Time

    The sweet fountain at the WWII Memorial

    Alternate Work Schedules (AWS days!)

  • #104900

    – The FDR Memorial

    – The New Deal

  • #104898

    Christina Morrison

    – The Department of Veterans Affairs – for continuing to give veterans like these opportunities to prove why they are champions.
    I also have to 2nd a number of the previous posts – especially national parks, public education and our military.

  • #104896

    Laura Silverman

    public libraries!!!

  • #104894

    Steve Ressler

    120. Im in Spain and my girlfriends mom boyfriend told me how he grew up on American cheese that we shipped to Spain after WWII.

    121. Big fan of SBA and how america spends a lot of time and effort in fostering small business and entrepreneurship

  • #104892

    Sheila McNeil

    122. Fire Fighters!
    123. Police
    124. Help for the needy

  • #104890

    Meredith Mengel

    Improving our understanding of our home planet.

    Being conscious of public opinion, but not not at the mercy of it.

  • #104888

    Gary Berg-Cross

    126 (or so) WPA support for artists, writers, poets etc. during the Great Depression

  • #104886

    Jenyfer Johnson

    Federal Parks and federally protected lands

    Environmental Protection Agency and environmental regulations

    Hazardous Material management programs, all of them in the different services

    Closed-Loop Oil Recycling

    Navy is testing Green Jet Fuel made from algae (it meets AF standards)

    And on a personal note…the government has given me a job for 26+ years. When I was RIF’d, with 7 years in, during “right-sizing” (just before the first BRAC round), I was called by HR after 5 weeks and offered a job in the Environmental Office and they would train me (I was previously an Electronics Tech) at my old pay grade. That opened up a whole new career for me and I will always be grateful for that.

  • #104884

    Marc Lerro

    Vaccinations that have eliminated some diseases and limited the spread of others.

  • #104882

    recession resistant

  • #104880

    Steve Ressler

    NASA Tweetups

  • #104878

    Steve Ressler

    Clean water
    Clean restaurants

  • #104876

    Lauren Modeen

    138. USPS Forever stamps

  • #104874

    Steve Ressler

    I do love those stamps

  • #104872

    Carolyn McGill

    more paid holidays than outside corporate world

  • #104870

    Scott Thomas


  • #104868

    Scott Thomas

    Keeping the King of England out of your face

  • #104866

    Janice Kullman

    Thank goodness someone mentioned stamps and the incredibly efficient (it’s true) US Post Office. Letter from DC to LA in 3 days for under $.50? Common, pretty cool!

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